Why Diversity is Important
It is likely you've heard that diversity is critical to the full college experience, but what do we mean when we talk about diversity?
The root word of diversity is from the Latin, "diversus" which means "various". Today we use it to describe an amalgamation of peoples, traditions, cultures and ideas.
With all of this in mind, what does 'diversity in college' mean?
Students who say that diversity in college is important to them are looking for institutions to offer a variety of curricular and non-curricular opportunities to learn from and learn with people of different ethnicities, races, ages, abilities, sexual identities, classes, and religions.
In order to achieve the most benefit from a diverse campus, seek out institutions that are not only promoting diversity by actively recruiting students and hiring faculty from minority groups, but are also encouraging an environment where there is confident interaction between different groups.
Start now by Learning About Diversity at Barnard, and how it Compares to Other Schools in the Country.
The Diversity Here is About Average
We come up with a total diversity ranking for every school by looking at racial, ethnic, age, geographic and gender diversity.
Barnard College is considered to be pretty typical in overall diversity, and is ranked #1,615 nationwide.
High Ethnic Diversity
This highly diverse school may be a great place for college students to get to know others who come from different cultures and backgrounds.
Barnard College is ranked #427 in ethnic diversity nationwide with a student body composition that is far above the national average.
Take a Deeper Look at Ethnic Diversity at Barnard
If the data is present, the following chart will show Barnard undergraduate student diversity.
Barnard boasts excellent ethnic diversity.
If the data is present, the following chart will also show Barnard faculty diversity.
The ethnic diversity of the faculty is excellent.
College is Heavily Dominated by One Sex
Will you feel more comfortable on a campus with a balanced mix of males to females?
At Barnard College, the male to female student ratio is far below the national average of about 40:60 with a student body that is predominantly female.
This college is ranked at #2,641 in male to female diversity nationwide. The undergraduate population is comprised of 1 males and 2,547 females.
Review Male/Female Diversity at Barnard
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Barnard's undergraduate students.
The male to female ratio at Barnard is poor compared to the national average.
When available, the chart below includes the male to female distribution among Barnard's faculty.
The ratio of male to female faculty at Barnard is on par with national averages.
Campus Filled with Students From All Over
Are you looking for a school where you can meet students from all over the United States and the world?
We've come up with the geographic diversity of each school by looking at where students lived before they came to this school.
About 27.4% of the students attending Barnard College come from within New York. This puts Barnard's level of geographic diversity well above the national average and gives it a national geographic diversity ranking of #114.
Dive Into Nationwide Geographic Diversity
The undergraduate student body is split among 41 states (may include Washington D.C.), as shown in the chart below.
International Student Diversity at Barnard
There is a medium sized community of about 214 international students at Barnard College representing at least 35 countries. Click on the Barnard International Student Page for more information.
What is the Age of Everyone at This School?
Would you prefer a school where the student body represents a mix of different ages and generations, or would you rather have a school where most students are the same age as you?
Traditionally, undergraduate students range in age from 18 to 22. At Barnard College, 90.9% of students are in the age 18 to 22 bracket, compared to the national average of 60%. We rank Barnard #2,944 in the nation for student age diversity.
Barnard Age Diversity Chart
The chart below displays the age range of the undergraduate student body at Barnard.
Questions About Diversity
- How is Barnard doing at supporting and attracting students from all financial backgrounds?
Even a school with high ethnic, racial and geographic diversity may not be diverse when it comes to the economic backgrounds of their students. To get a better idea of how Barnard is supporting low-income students check the Financial Aid Page.
- How important is diversity to Barnard?
What are you interested in when it comes to college diversity? Get in touch with the school to see what kind of clubs and support groups are available to inspire diverse perspectives.